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Actor Roddy McDowall Dies at 70

October 3, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Roddy McDowall, the child actor who left Britain during the London blitz to become a film star in ``How Green Was My Valley″ and ``Lassie Come Home″ and as an adult proved a versatile performer in films, theater and television, has died. He was 70.

McDowall died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at his Studio City home, said Dennis Osborne, a friend who said he had cared for the actor in his final months.

``I was at his side,″ he said. ``It was very peaceful. It was just as he wanted it. It was exactly the way he planned.″

No services were planned, he added.

McDowall was diagnosed with cancer in April and ``he fought it until August,″ when he was declared incurable, Osborne said.

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